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“A great dinner at The Torch Bistro in Punta Gorda!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Torch Bistro

Torch Bistro
2113 S. Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-5921
941-575-3505
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Ranked #33 of 136 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Price range: $11 - $18
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Bar scene, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Airport Road
Description: Every city has a up and coming restaurant where the atomsphere is great and the chef is a superstar. These restaurants are hot for one reason, they ensure your dining experience will be unforgettable. If you're looking for great service and creative, delicious food, you're sure to find it at Torch Bistro, Steak and Rumtini Bar, a Punta Gorda jewel.
Punta Gorda, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“A great dinner at The Torch Bistro in Punta Gorda!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

Had a great dinner and a great time with friends at the Torch. The food and service were excellent and their prices very reasonable. We enjoyed it so much we went back with visiting family members. We highly recommend this restaurant for everyone.

Visited December 2013
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English first
Dania, FL
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“Punta Gorda is finally on the map.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I used to have to go through without stopping to eat. Now I can stop with confidence and get great service and food without affecting the national debt. You have to realize that within reason you get what you pay for. If you expect a 9.95 prime rib to compete with Ruth Chris or Chuck's, then you need to go a place with a drive through and sporks.Torch did an amazing job with both my Awesome buco and my wife's duck and did so for less than 20 bucks per dinner. The service was well above average and even while being busy the staff was attentive without being smothering or pushy. I recommend this establishment highly to anyone either living on that coast or just passing through. Those living there are lucky to FINALLY have a decent place to eat without spending a weeks pay to do so. KUDOS to Torch Bistro

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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“Birthday Party”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We had a 90th Birthday Party for my Mother & 30 guests. The staff couldn't have been more professional and accomodating. Heide and Antonio made sure everybody had what they needed as far as drinks and food. It is a great little Bistro, everybody at the party raved about the service and especially about the food. I would highly recommend this for a night out or a great party...
Georgette

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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“Slow service, not what we expected from TV commercial or reviews.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

On a Monday evening. Service extremely slow, waited 20 minutes to be served our cocktails after the order was placed. Unattentive waitress, except for the check. The cone of bread served, were very small oval slices, which were stale and tough, with two extremely cold pats of butter. Had to ask for salt and pepper. I had the lasagna special of the night, which was about the size of a very small women's fist, the lasagna and sauce on the plate was floating in olive oil, and my other half had the prime rib special. I have to say the prime was very tender, and only about 1/2" or less thick, but you could tell it had been marinated by the taste, served with mashed potatoes, and sauted zucchini. Both plates were not well presented especialy the prime rib, it looked like a cafeteria served meal, totally opposite of their commercials or the photo's on this site. Perhaps we were there on an off night, but the experience was not one that would warrant a return trip. And yes, I agree with other diners, the atmosphere is noisy, very loud people at the bar, and few diners.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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manager1339, Manager at Torch Bistro, responded to this review, December 4, 2013
I'm so sorry you were disappointed. I had the opportunity to review the video to see what went wrong with you dining experience. You drink order was taken at 4.55 Pm and your dinners were sent to the kitchen at 5:05 Pm. So there was only ten minuets between drinks being ordered and dinners being ordered. I do believe any faster and people would feel rushed. Your bill was cashed out at 5:37 Pm and the waitress stopped at your table 6 times in that time period. So from start to finish it was 40 minuets. We do have some wonderful dishes like the Ahi Tuna and Osso Buco , Honey Salmon or you can have a steak hand cut to any size you would like. As you can read in the other reviews people love the Prime Rib and Lasagna its a great $9.00 dish. The oil you were talking about is an Herb parsley oil used as a garnish on plates. As far as being noisy there's not much that can be done. Its hard to tell people to quite down without being rude.
Thanks for your review.
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“We had a great time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Food was great and very reasonably priced. Atmosphere is loud and not recommended for dinner for two romance but with group was great. Service was good and have no complaints about the place whatsoever. It is a definite go back to spot.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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